OSU Today

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Oregon farmers posted record sales of $5.2 billion in 2011 (Oregonian)

Oregon agricultural sales — which include farming, ranching and fishing — hit a record $5.2 billion last year, according to Oregon State University. (See also: Portland Business Journal, The Register-Guard)

Michelle Obama: I’m a Beaver believer (KGW)

First Lady Michelle Obama was perfectly clear Monday about her allegiance to Oregon State University. (See also: King 5)

Herbivores take toll on ecosystem (The Register-Guard)

Deer, elk and other big herbivores cause surprisingly extensive damage to forests and streams when their populations surge as a result of killings of their natural predators such as wolves and bears, says a new study by two Oregon State University professors. (See also: Environmental News Service)

New veterans services adviser helps students navigate system (LIFE@OSU)

OSU has 881 students receiving Veterans Administration benefits, but the number of students on campus who may qualify for assistance is likely much higher, said Gus Bedwell, OSU’s veterans services adviser.

Global warming ‘hiatus’ in recent years helps spur skepticism (Oregonian)

It occurs at the high-end of a 100-year-long warming trend and follows record, El Niño-fueled highs in 1998, notes Phil Mote of Oregon State University, who headlines a global warming presentation Tuesday before the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society. (See also: Portland Tribune)

Holocaust Memorial Week observed April 16-20 (Salem-News)

The partners are undertaking the event “in the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat bigotry of all kinds, and to foster respect for diversity, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust,” said Paul Kopperman, OSU professor of history and chair of the Holocaust Memorial Committee.

Sen. Ron Wyden pushes bill that would show students costs and benefits of a college degree (Oregonian)

By the time they reach mid-career, 71 percent of Oregon State University graduates have jobs in areas they got their degrees in, said President Ed Ray.  He’d like to get that information out through a system like the one proposed by Wyden, he said.

Did offshore war games kill endangered West Coast orca? (Vancouver Sun)

Some of the dead whale’s tissue has been sent to Oregon State University for analysis and investigators hope to begin getting results of that analysis in two or three weeks, he said.


Woman Citizen Film Series, North Country: Charlotte Headrick, professor of Theatre Arts, will host a free public showing of North Country, the dramatic tale of a Minnesota miner (played by Charlize Theron) who was lead plaintiff in the nation’s first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Talent Show: The 9th annual The Other Side Talent Show and Silent Auction will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the La Sells Stewart Austin Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to view and bid on the Silent Auction items. This event allows the student athletic team or individual to display their “other talents” beyond sports in a competition against other presenters. Suggested donation: $5. Half of proceeds will go to the OSU IMPACT Program. Info: Linda A. Johnson, 541-737-6804.

Faculty Fulbrights: Join OSU Faculty (aspirants, awardees and alums) to discuss how to apply for a Fulbright on April 10 at noon in Heckart Lodge – 2nd Floor conference room. For detailed Fulbright award descriptions for 2013-14, visit the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) website at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. For further information, contact Julie Walkin julie.walkin@oregonstate.edu

Advancement in Academia: A keynote address “Degrees of Freedom: The Seemingly Random Walk of an Academic Ecologist’s Career path,” by Laura Huenneke, vice president for research at Northern Arizona University will be held on Tuesday, April 10, from 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium of OSU’s Linus Pauling Science Center. A workshop on the issue of female attrition in careers will be held April 9-11. More details available online at http://bit.ly/HQax8q

Webinar – Using Social Media in the Classroom: Tuesday April 10, 2012 3-3:50 p.m. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.) permeates many aspects of our daily lives, so why not the classroom as well? This session touches on the use of social media in higher education today and offers some ideas of how you might utilize it with your students in your own classes. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Auditions: Think you want to try acting? Now is your opportunity. Join the student- directed One Act Festival. Everyone is welcome to audition. There are many roles for men and women in six plays. Some actors may be cast in multiple parts. Auditions are April 10, 4-6 p.m. and April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Withycombe Lab Theatre, room 171.

Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: April 10, 4 p.m. Speaker: Denise Nemeth, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Effects of Water Availability on Fruit Morphology, Physiology, and Seed Dispersal,” ALS 4000.

Corvallis Climate Change Modeling Community Spring Seminar Series: Sarah Shafer will present “Modeling potential future climate and vegetation changes for conservation and natural resource management” on April 10, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

PTSD talk: Former US Army sniper Bryan Adams will talk about his struggle with PTSD in a talk entitled, “From Combat to College: my personal struggle with PTSD,” on April 12, 6:30 p.m., MU 109. His talk is part of the “What’s on Your Mind?” speaker series is sponsored by the OSU Division of Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Center Health Promotion, Healthy Campus Initiative, and the students of Active Minds at OSU.

PeaceJam event: Nobel laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel will visit campus April 13-15, where he will call on Northwest high school students, teachers and OSU students to create a better world through community service and global action. Pérez Esquivel will give a free public talk on Friday, April 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the MU ballroom. He will speak on “Peace as the Grand Revolution.” Doors open at 7 p.m., when Eugene band Krishna and Friends will perform. For more information: http://bit.ly/IfpSvu

Book review: “Country Driving: A Journey from Farm to Factory” by Peter Hessler will be reviewed by OSU’s Staci Simonich at noon April 11, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. http://corvallis.libguides.com/random

Webinar – Powerpoint Multimedia I: Wednesday April 11, 2012 1-1:50 p.m. Learn the difference between linking and embedded audio and video in PowerPoint and how to improve the performance of your presentations playback. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Workshop – Beyond Blackboard Basics: Wednesday April 11, 2012 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Kidder 274. This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops.

Summer youth programs: The Youth Summer Programming Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in MU Room 109. Programs represented include: Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Musicafe Rock School, Midway Farms, OSU KidSpirit, 4-H, The Little Gym, OSU Saturday Academy, Corvallis Arts Center , Ashbrook Independent School, OSU Child Development Center, OSU Precollege Programs (including TAG programs and STEM/Saturday Academy), and more. For questions, please contact Childcare and Family Resources, 541-737-4906 or familyresources@oregonstate.edu

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: M. Boyd Wilcox will be speaking about, and reading some passages from his new book “Two to Four at the Beanery: A journal of observations, analyses, interviews, and commentary regarding a first-rate ‘Third Place.’” This talk will be at noon Friday, April 13, in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

GMO Crop Lecture: Yves Carrière will discuss “Looking back: Environmental impacts of genetically engineered crops,” Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public. Part of the Food for Thought Lecture Series.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty senate agenda: The April 12 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120412.php. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

NEW! WIC Lunch Seminar What We Can Learn From Student Assessment: A Comparison of OSU and Our Peers on a National Writing Survey: Every year, the National Survey of Student Engagement surveys students across campuses nationwide to find out what’s going on at their universities. Vicki Tolar Burton will discuss ways in which faculty can leverage this information from students to improve performance in the classroom. Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, Milam 215. Complimentary lunch included.  Register now!

NEW! Happy Ticket, Happy Face! This week TAPS will be giving out happy tickets to folks following the OSU parking regulations.  If you are lucky enough to be a recipient of a happy ticket, stop by our office to enter to win one of three prizes being given away.

NEW! Retirement Counseling: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Financial Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations May 1-3. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To sign up, please call (800) 732-8353 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. or schedule online, One on One Counseling & Seminars.

NEW! Webinar – TAC.FM with Mark Dinsmore (TAC): Friday April 13, 2012 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, Cub Kahn from OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning, will share with his perspective with us on “Effective practices in hybrid courses/blended learning and our OSU hybrid course pilot program.” Register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Memorial Service: A memorial service will be held for Timothy Goman, who was a senior in Computer Science, on Saturday, April 14th at 2 p.m. at Saint Anselm of Canterbury, 2615 Arnold Way, Corvallis. Students, faculty, staff, community members and anyone who knew Tim or the Goman family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tim Goman can be sent to the OSU Foundation.

NEW! Summer Housing: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. Space is limited so reserve a spot today by calling (541)737-9195 or emailing uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Fall 2012 CONNECT: Fall CONNECT 2012 will officially begin on Thursday, Sept. 20. As a result of this shift, move-in days for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. View the CONNECT Week schedule. Questions: Leslee.Mayers@oregonstate.edu. To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide. Questions contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Career Services: Career Services monthly newsletter is available now.

New! Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): Start. This program is limited to OSU freshman, sophomores and recent transfer students. Applications are being accepted for Summer term 2012. Deadline: April 16. Guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc-start. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

Farewell Reception: Todd Simmons will be leaving his role at OSU on April 20 to join Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu as the vice president of marketing and communications. You are invited to stop by 416 Kerr Administration Bldg. on Monday, April 16, 3:30 – 5 p.m. to offer Todd your congratulations and say, “Aloha!”

Marys River Watershed: At the April 12 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Xan Augerot, executive director of the Marys River Watershed Council, will discuss the council’s efforts in education and habitat improvement. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu , to reserve a lunch.

OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities: The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities is accepting nominations for the 2012 award which recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who promote their participation on campus. Deadline: May 15. Review the award criteria and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU: The OSU IT Coordination Committee invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on Thursday April 12 (10-11 a.m.) to learn about the high level research survey capabilities of Qualtrics. Due to existing relationships with several OSU units, a university-wide license for Qualtrics is being considered. Reserve your seat at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/359865450

Spin on Research: A fond send-off of the Research Vessel that served Oregon State researchers for many years, a welcome the Oceanus – plus the world’s best coconut macaroons, from the Wecoma’s cook. blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2012/04/05/rv-wecoma-send-off-plus-a-recipe/

Meet with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty from 1-2:30 p.m. April 12, and 9-10:30 a.m. May 22. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The Division of Finance and Administration invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Center Manager. Preference may be given to OUS employees.Posting #0008818. Closes April 10.

Information Technology Consultant – Information Services – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0008775. Closes April 11.

Chef de Cuisine – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Professional Faculty – Chef de Cuisine position for Marketplace West. Posting #0008807. Closes April 13.

Facilities Services Department, is seeking an experienced Analyst Programmer. This is a full-time, one-year limited duration position. Must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Posting #0008841. Closes April 13.

Analyst Programmer – Information Services – Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008836. Closes April 15.

Internship Coordinator – The Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program at OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Internship coordinator – Academic advisor position. Posting #0008792. Closes April 16.

Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Manager –open to internal employees only. Posting #0008805. Closes April 16.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications from current OSU employees for the part-time position of Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program. See posting #0008679. Closes April 16.

The Research Office at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time, Director of Research Integrity. The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Research and is a critical member of the Vice President for Research (VPR) Research Office (RO) leadership team. Posting #0008802. Closes April 18.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time 1.0, 12-month, Associate Dean. The Associate Dean contributes to the academic and administrative responsibilities that are both central and supplemental to the mission of the Graduate School. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting #0008769. Closes April 23.

Academic advisor – The Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program at OSU invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting #0008828. Closes April 24.

Accountant 1, Health Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008875. Closes April 26.

Finance Instructor – College of Business is recruiting for a full-time Finance instructor to teach 2012/2013 academic year. Preferred qualifications include, certification in accounting, financial planning or financial analysis, teaching experience at the college or university level and a demonstrable commitment to promoting & enhancing diversity. Posting # 0007284. Closes June 15.

INTO Oregon State University has an immediate need for an International Admissions Assistant. The purpose of this position is to manage the student admissions and enrollment processes in an effective and efficient manner. This is a temporary position, pay rate is $12.00 per hour. Please forward cover letter, resume, and 3 references to into.hr@oregonstate.edu for immediate consideration.

Traffic and maintenance

Parking spaces closure: Due to the installation of new ADA parking spaces, 10 parking spaces along Jefferson Way, west of 26th Street and the Jefferson Way intersection, will be closed from March 26 through April 16. The southern half of the parking lot at Moreland Hall will also be closed.


Corvallis: In honor of National Poetry Month, a haiku courtesy of a musician and OSU alum: “I will hold the nail. And you can swing the hammer. Please pay attention.” A 30 percent chance of showers today, with a high near 62 and low near 44.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny, with a high near 58 low near 40. South wind between 6 and 13 mph. 

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